Douglas Eugene Williams

Douglas Eugene Williams
Douglas Eugene Williams

Douglas Eugene Williams, 90, of Amarillo, TX died Thursday, October 1, 2020.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 6, 2020, at Mount Zion Baptist Church with Pastor Thomas Sands officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Douglas was born on October 6, 1929, in Bryan, TX to Eddie and Georgia Williams.  He attended Frederick Douglass School and Patton High. He worked for Santa Fe Railroad for 40 years until retirement and became a full-time steward for various families in the community. Mr. Williams was an aficionado of bartending. When speaking with anyone, young or old, they would say or have said “Mr. Williams always had words of wisdom to leave with you when having a conversation”. Douglas loved people, had an infectious smile and a zest for life. Douglas was the oldest member of Mount Zion Baptist Church serving faithfully from childhood up until he was unable to attend. Douglas was known by many as “Dougie, Dougie Fresh, Dougford, Big Man Tate, Daddy, L.M.T., Big Papa, and Pawpaw”.

He married his sweetheart Wilma Joyce Stokes on November 12, 1953. At the tender age of ten years old, when he saw her wearing her Roman sandals, he said “I am going to marry her”.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Olga Renee’ Williams; a sister, Lanoria Bonner; and two brothers, Lee Otis Williams, and Lawrence “O.D.” Williams.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma Joyce Williams, of Amarillo, TX; three daughters, Inger D. Williams, Barbara Palmer, and Marcia Taylor-Diggs (Carl), all of Amarillo, TX; granddaughter, TáMikka LáShae Williams, of Amarillo, TX; a grandson, Malachi “Mack” Palmer and his mother Anna Ruth Palmer, of Amarillo, TX; a special nephew, Dwight Williams, of Amarillo, TX; a sister-in-law, Janet “Zate” Ragsdale; a brother-in-law, John Lewis Ragsdale; special friends, Birlon Washington, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul and Doris Faye “D.J.” Smith; and a host of nieces, nephews, and many friends and loved ones.

The family would like to thank the nurses at High Plains Senior Care, Chelsea, Erikka, and Tiffany, and the rest of the staff. They would also like to thank Dr. William Ledford and Dr. Juilto Uy and their staff.

The family will receive friends from 6-7:00 p.m., Monday, October 5, 2020, at the funeral home.

18 Replies to “Douglas Eugene Williams”

  1. Dear Joyce and family.
    So sorry to learn of your loss. My deepest sympathies to the family. We will all miss that wonderful, engaging smile of your beloved, Doug. He was such a pilar of the community. May he Rest In Peace.
    Claudia Stuart

  2. Dear Joyce and girls, I just saw and read about Dougs passing! I’m so very sorry for your loss and pray for comfort and peace knowing he and Renee are together and watching over you all!!! Dale and Janice Johnston

  3. As I am writing this my heart hurts frim the pain of your loss!! Your family has always been apart of my life. Know that I am praying for you all.

  4. There are many of us who grew up with Doug in our lives. He was very good at making young people feel special and behave well. The earth has lost a really good one.

  5. Doug was one of my favorite clients of all time. He was a great gentleman to work with. He will be missed by his family but he is in a perfect place
    Mike Thomas retired State Farm

  6. R.I.P. Doug. May God provide comfort and peace to the family. I will never forget the infectious smile and timely advice I received from time to time when I was in Amarillo.

  7. May God’s love surround you and comfort you during this time. Doug “Dougie” Williams will always have a special place in our hearts. The picture captures him perfectly, always smiling and kind to everyone. The Crawford “kids” send our condolences to
    Mama Joyce, Inger, Ta’Mikka, Janet “Ms. Beasley,” and the whole Williams’ family. We love you and will continue to keep you in prayer.

    Henry, Jr., Charyse, and Carlisse

  8. To Joyce and family so sorry for your loss. I will miss Doug’s smile and sense of humor. Praying for the family.

  9. My sincere condolences and prayers. Doug was one of a kind. He will be missed. That beautiful smile was his signature…God bless you during this difficult time.

  10. To Joyce and Family,
    Sorry for your loss. I will always remember Doug for his smile and always being kind, and our conversations. He was a great guy and will be missed. God Bless you all during this difficult time.
    Love & Prayers,
    Dorothy Maples

  11. Doug always had a smile, was glad to see you and truly made your day better. I have known him most of my life and he made this world a much better place.

  12. The last time I talked to Doug (knew him for many years) was in a church parking lot. Supplies were being collected and shipped to New Orleans in response to Hurricane Katrina. It was inspiring when the trucks left the church for New Orleans. I am glad I got to share that moment in time with Doug. He was a person who truly made the world a better place.

  13. Sweet Doug: Always happy. Always kind. I’ll always remember him from my earliest childhood. He was so loved by so many.

  14. Joyce, I am sorry for your loss of your husband. I pray that God will wrap His arms around you and bring you peace.

    Sally Crawford (from ASC)

  15. I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. That picture sums him up; smiling & happy. I hope you will find comfort in great memories!

  16. I’m so sorry for your loss. What a great picture of him. That’s a smile to remember!
    Nancy & Kel Seliger

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